Psychology 2070A 650 SU23

Social Psychology

If there is a discrepancy between the outline posted below and the outline posted on the OWL course website, the latter shall prevail.



LONDON               CANADA 

Department of Psychology 

Summer 2023 


Psychology 2070A    Section 650 

Social Psychology 





An introduction to the theories, methods, findings, and problems encountered in the study of people as social beings. 


Antirequisite: Psychology 2720A/B, Psychology 2780E 


Antirequisites are courses that overlap sufficiently in content that only one can be taken for credit. If you take a course that is an antirequisite to a course previously taken, you will lose credit for the earlier course, regardless of the grade achieved in the most recent course. 


Prerequisite: Not Applicable. 


Course Weight: 0.5 




Instructor: Dr. Corey Isaacs  

Office Hours: via Zoom by appointment 



The best way to contact me is by email. Please include “Psych 2070” in the subject line and send emails only from your Western email account. I will always do my best to respond to your email within 48 hours, but during busy times it may take a little longer. 


Time and Location of Classes: This course will be offered online asynchronously—you will not be required to attend any weekly class sessions. Lecture videos will be released on OWL every Sunday and will remain available for the remainder of the course. 


Students who are in emotional/mental distress should refer to Health and Wellness @Western for a complete list of options about how to obtain help. 


Please contact the course instructor if you require material in an alternate format or if you require any other arrangements to make this course more accessible to you. You may also contact Accessible Education at  or 519-661-2147. 


2.1 Online Learning Notice 


Please note: For courses delivered in an online format, include an online component, or are required to pivot online, students must have a reliable internet connection and computer that are compatible with online learning system requirements. Some courses may also require the use of a remote proctoring platform to ensure assessments are taken fairly in accordance with Western’s policy on Scholastic Discipline for Undergraduate Students and Scholastic Discipline for Graduate Students. Please refer to the course syllabus for further information. 




Aronson, E., Wilson, T. D., Akert, R. M., & Fehr, B. (2021). REVEL Social Psychology (7th Canadian Edition). Pearson Education Canada, Inc. (ISBN: 9780135498613) 


The etextbook is an integrated part of the REVEL website and includes access to all their online tools, including the audio book and study aids. You may purchase a REVEL access code via the Western Book Store website or directly from Pearson’s website ( 


When you're ready, you can access your textbook at  

If you need help, check out these Revel student resources: 




By the end of the course students should understand the basic theories, methods, and findings in various areas of social psychology. The topics include attitudes, conformity, aggression, helping behaviour, social relations, social cognition, and prejudice. 


Learning Outcome 

Learning Activity 


Depth and Breadth of Knowledge 

  • Identify key concepts, principles, and overarching themes in social psychology. 

Readings, Lectures, Online Discussions 

Exams, Online Discussions, Chapter Quizzes 

Knowledge of Methodologies 

  • Summarize knowledge of psychological theories and methods involved in social psychology. 

Readings, Lectures, Online Discussions 

Exams, Online Discussions, Chapter Quizzes 

Application of Knowledge 

  • Apply psychological theories and concepts to the understanding of social behaviour. 

Readings, Lectures, Online Discussions 

Exams, Online Discussions, Chapter Quizzes 

Communication Skills 

  • Communicate accurately and clearly, in a way that would be broadly understandable to a non-specialist audience. 

Online Discussions 

Online Discussions 




The evaluation and testing formats for this course were created to assess the learning objectives as listed in section 4.0 and are considered necessary for meeting these learning objectives. 


5.1   EXAMS (75% of final mark) 


This class includes two midterm exams (each worth 20%) and a final exam (worth 35%), which will be administered synchronously online. Exams will be closed book and linear (i.e., students cannot go back to change answers once they move on to the next question) and will cover material from both the textbook and the OWL units. The final exam will be cumulative (i.e., it will assess material from the entire course), with an emphasis on material from Units 9 – 12. 


Exams in this course will be conducted using a remote proctoring service. By taking this course, you are consenting to the use of this software and acknowledge that you will be required to provide personal information (including some biometric data) and the session will be recorded. Completion of this course will require you to have a reliable internet connection and a device that meets the technical requirements for this service. More information about this remote proctoring service, including technical requirements, is available on Western’s Remote Proctoring website at: 


5.2   ONLINE DISCUSSIONS (25% of final mark) 


There will be a discussion forum posted to OWL each week (12 throughout the course), and you will be required to participate in any FIVE of the discussions throughout the term to earn the Online Discussions component of your course grade. You can choose to participate in six discussions, in which case your BEST FIVE OF SIX discussion grades will be used to calculate your Online Discussions grade. If you participate in more than six discussions, your grade will be based only on the FIRST SIX—any additional discussions beyond the first six will not be graded. The ‘Introduce Yourself!’ forum is NOT graded. 


Forum grades will be earned based on the quantity and quality of your contributions to these discussions. A successful student in online education is one who takes an active role in the learning process. You are therefore encouraged to participate actively in the discussions to enhance your learning experience throughout the course.  


Each discussion will be open for seven days, from 12:05 AM on Sunday until 11:55 PM the following Saturday. You will be required to post at least one question to your group (before midnight on Monday) about the previous week's topic as a starting point for discussion. You will also be required to respond to at least two of your classmates’ posts before 11:55 PM on Saturday. Once the discussion closes, no more posts can be made. Please post early in the week to avoid last-minute problems, and always back up your work (screenshots of your forum posts are ideal), as “technical difficulties” is NOT an acceptable excuse for missing a discussion deadline. 




Exams. Students who fail to write an exam at the scheduled time will receive a grade of zero unless they receive academic considerations from their Academic Dean’s office. There will be a makeup exam one week after each of the midterm exams (see section 6.0). If a student is absent from both the midterm exam and the makeup exam with permission from their Academic Dean’s office, that portion of their course grade will be reassigned to the final exam. There will be a makeup final exam at 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM on Saturday, August 12. Students will need to receive academic considerations from their faculty to write the makeup final exam. 

The final exam makeup may be in a different format (e.g., short-answer, essay) from the regular exam. 


Online Discussions. If a student fails to participate in at least five of the weekly online discussions, they will receive a grade of zero for each of the incomplete discussions. If a student receives academic considerations for an online discussion forum, that may include an extension on the Monday night question deadline or omission of a missed/incomplete discussion from the calculation of their Online Discussions grade. It is not possible to participate in a missed or incomplete discussion forum after the forum has closed. 




The expectation for course grades within the Psychology Department is that they will be distributed around the following averages: 

70% 1000-level to 2099-level courses 

72% 2100-2999-level courses 

75% 3000-level courses 

80% 4000-level courses 


The Psychology Department follows Western’s grading guidelines, which are as follows (see: 

A+ 90-100 One could scarcely expect better from a student at this level 

A 80-89 Superior work that is clearly above average 

B 70-79 Good work, meeting all requirements, and eminently satisfactory 

C 60-69 Competent work, meeting requirements 

D 50-59 Fair work, minimally acceptable 

F below 50 Fail 


Note that in the event that course grades are significantly higher or lower than these averages, instructors may be required to make adjustments to course grades. Such adjustment might include the normalization of one or more course components and/or the re-weighting of various course components. 


Policy on Grade Rounding: Please note that although course grades within the Psychology Department are rounded to the nearest whole number, no further grade rounding will be done. No additional assignments will be offered to enhance a final grade; nor will requests to change a grade because it is needed for a future program be considered. To maximize your grade, do your best on each and every assessment within the course. 




Online Discussions Sunday – Saturday each week 

Midterm Exam 1 (Units 1 - 4) 10:00 – 11:00 AM on Saturday, June 3 

  • Midterm 1 Makeup Exam 10:00 – 11:00 AM on Saturday, June 10 

Midterm Exam 2 (Units 5 - 8) 10:00 – 11:00 AM on Saturday, July 8 

  • Midterm 2 Makeup Exam 10:00 – 11:00 AM on Saturday, July 15 

Final Exam (Cumulative) TBA (July 31 - August 3) 

  • Makeup Final Exam 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM on Saturday, August 12 




Changes to the class schedule will be announced on the OWL course website. Students are responsible for being aware of announcements made on OWL. 






May 8 - 13 

Unit 1 

Chapter 1 


May 14 - 20 

Unit 2 

Chapter 2 

Research Methods 

May 21 - 27 

Unit 3 

Chapter 3 

Social Cognition 

May 28 - June 3 

Unit 4 

Chapter 4 

Social Perception 

Saturday, June 3, 10:00 – 11:00 AM 

MIDTERM EXAM 1 (Units 1 – 4) 

June 4 - 10 

Unit 5 

Chapter 5 

The Self 

June 11 - 17 

Unit 6 

Chapter 6 


June 18 - 24 

Unit 7 

Chapter 7 


June 25 - July 1 

Unit 8 

Chapter 8 

Group Processes 

July 2 - 8 

Unit 9 

Chapter 9 

Interpersonal Attraction 

Saturday, July 8, 10:00 – 11:00 AM 

MIDTERM EXAM 2 (Units 5 – 8) 

July 9 - 15 

Unit 10 

Chapter 10 

Prosocial Behaviour 

July 16 - 22 

Unit 11 

Chapter 11 


July 23 - 29 

Unit 12 

Chapter 12 


TBA (July 31 – Aug. 3) 

FINAL EXAM (Cumulative; Emphasis on Units 9 – 12) 




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Students are responsible for understanding the nature and avoiding the occurrence of plagiarism and other scholastic offences. Plagiarism and cheating are considered very serious offences because they undermine the integrity of research and education. Actions constituting a scholastic offence are described at the following link: 


As of Sept. 1, 2009, the Department of Psychology will take the following steps to detect scholastic offences. All multiple-choice tests and exams will be checked for similarities in the pattern of responses using reliable software, and records will be made of student seating locations in all tests and exams. All written assignments will be submitted to TurnItIn, a service designed to detect and deter plagiarism by comparing written material to over 5 billion pages of content located on the Internet or in TurnItIn’s databases. All papers submitted for such checking will be included as source documents in the reference database for the purpose of detecting plagiarism of papers subsequently submitted to the system. Use of the service is subject to the licensing agreement, currently between Western and ( 


Computer-marked multiple-choice tests and/or exams will be subject to submission for similarity review by software that will check for unusual coincidences in answer patterns that may indicate cheating. 


In classes that involve the use of a personal response system (PRS), data collected using the PRS will only be used in a manner consistent to that described in this outline. It is the instructor’s responsibility to make every effort to ensure that data remain confidential. However, students should be aware that as with all forms of electronic communication, privacy is not guaranteed. Your PRS login credentials are for your sole use only. Students attempting to use another student’s credentials to submit data through the PRS may be subject to academic misconduct proceedings.  


Possible penalties for a scholastic offence include failure of the assignment/exam, failure of the course, suspension from the University, and expulsion from the University. 




Tests and examinations for online courses will be conducted using a remote proctoring service. By taking this course, you are consenting to the use of this software and acknowledge that you will be required to provide personal information (including some biometric data) and the session will be recorded.  Completion of this course will require you to have a reliable internet connection and a device that meets the technical requirements for this service. More information about this remote proctoring service, including technical requirements, is available on Western’s Remote Proctoring website at: 

In the event that in-person exams are unexpectedly canceled, you may only be given notice of the use of a proctoring service a short time in advance. 




Western’s policy on Accommodation for Medical Illness can be found at: 


If you experience an extenuating circumstance (e.g., illness, injury) sufficiently significant to temporarily make you unable to meet academic requirements, you may request accommodation through the following routes:  

  1. For medical absences, submitting a Student Medical Certificate (SMC) signed by a licensed medical or mental health practitioner in order to be eligible for Academic Consideration;  
  1. For non-medical absences, submitting appropriate documentation (e.g., obituary, police report, accident report, court order, etc.) to Academic Counselling in their Faculty of registration in order to be eligible for academic consideration. Students are encouraged to contact their Academic Counselling unit to clarify what documentation is appropriate. 


Students must see the Academic Counsellor and submit all required documentation in order to be approved for certain accommodation. 


Students seeking academic consideration: 

  • are advised to consider carefully the implications of postponing tests or midterm exams or delaying handing in work;   
  • must communicate with their instructors no later than 24 hours after the end of the period covered SMC, or immediately upon their return following a documented absence 


Students seeking accommodation for religious purposes are advised to contact Academic Counselling at least three weeks prior to the religious event and as soon as possible after the start of the term. 




In the event of a COVID-19 resurgence or any other event that necessitates the course delivery moving away from face-to-face interaction, all remaining course content will be delivered entirely online, either synchronously (i.e., at the times indicated in the timetable) or asynchronously (e.g., posted on OWL for students to view at their convenience). The grading scheme will not change. Any remaining assessments will also be conducted online, as determined by the course instructor. 




In courses involving online interactions, the Psychology Department expects students to honour the following rules of etiquette: 

  • please “arrive” to class on time 
  • please use your computer and/or laptop if possible (as opposed to a cell phone or tablet) 
  • please ensure that you are in a private location to protect the confidentiality of discussions in the event that a class discussion deals with sensitive or personal material 
  • to minimize background noise, kindly mute your microphone for the entire class until you are invited to speak, unless directed otherwise 
  • In classes larger than 30 participants please turn off your video camera for the entire class unless you are invited to speak 
  • In classes of 30 students or fewer, where video chat procedures are being used, please be prepared to turn your video camera off at the instructor’s request if the internet connection becomes unstable 
  • Unless invited by your instructor, do not share your screen in the meeting 


The course instructor will act as moderator for the class and will deal with any questions from participants. To participate please consider the following: 

  • If you wish to speak, use the “raise hand” function and wait for the instructor to acknowledge you before beginning your comment or question. 
  • Please remember to unmute your microphone and turn on your video camera before speaking. 
  • Self-identify when speaking. 
  • Please remember to mute your mic and turn off your video camera after speaking (unless directed otherwise). 


General considerations of “netiquette”: 

  • Keep in mind the different cultural and linguistic backgrounds of the students in the course. 
  • Be courteous toward the instructor, your colleagues, and authors whose work you are discussing. 
  • Be respectful of the diversity of viewpoints that you will encounter in the class and in your readings. The exchange of diverse ideas and opinions is part of the scholarly environment. “Flaming” is never appropriate. 
  • Be professional and scholarly in all online postings. Use proper grammar and spelling. Cite the ideas of others appropriately. 


Note that disruptive behaviour of any type during online classes, including inappropriate use of the chat function, is unacceptable. Students found guilty of Zoom-bombing a class or of other serious online offenses may be subject to disciplinary measures under the Code of Student Conduct. 




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Student Development Services:  


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If you wish to appeal a grade, please read the policy documentation at: 

Please first contact the course instructor. If your issue is not resolved, you may make your appeal to the Undergraduate Chair in Psychology ( 


Copyright Statement: Lectures and course materials, including power point presentations, outlines, videos and similar materials, are protected by copyright. You may take notes and make copies of course materials for your own educational use. You may not record lectures, reproduce (or allow others to reproduce), post or distribute any course materials publicly and/or for commercial purposes without the instructor’s written consent. 


Policy on the Recording of Synchronous Sessions: Some or all of the remote learning sessions for this course (if scheduled) may be recorded. The data captured during these recordings may include your image, voice recordings, chat logs and personal identifiers (name displayed on the screen). The recordings will be used for educational purposes related to this course, including evaluations. The recordings may be disclosed to other individuals participating in the course for their private or group study purposes. Please contact the instructor if you have any concerns related to session recordings. Participants in this course are not permitted to privately record the sessions, except where recording is an approved accommodation, or the student has the prior written permission of the instructor.